Chiawana High School student spends week in Olympia as House page
Pasco student Baylee Easterday recently traveled to Olympia from Jan. 18 to Jan. 22 to serve as a page in the state House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Mark Hargrove, R-Covington.
“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sponsor Baylee as a page here at the Capitol,” said Hargrove. “I hope she had a great time learning about the Legislature and making new friends throughout the week. I am very appreciative of her service.”
Daughter of Cully and Shani Easterday, Baylee is a member of the Chiawana High School Speech and Debate team. She is active in her local FFA and 4-H clubs, and is on track to becoming fluent in American Sign Language.
As part of her page duties, Baylee learned to navigate the many buildings on the Capitol campus and delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. Additionally, Baylee attended page school to understand the operations of the Legislature. Her time in Olympia culminated with the presentation of her mock bill to start high school classes later in the day in an effort to improve student learning and retention rates.
Each year, students from around the state apply to participate in the legislative page program. Students spend a week attending page school, learning the inner workings of state government and assisting legislators on the House floor. Pages earn $35 per day while serving in the program. To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 and 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school. For more information about the House page program, click here.
###Washington State House Republican Communications